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Native American Tribes of Yukon

This is an index to the Native American language and cultural information on our website pertaining to Yukon Indian tribes. Some pages contain more information than others. If you belong to an indigenous tribe from the Yukon that is not currently listed on this page and you would like to see it here, please contact us about how to contribute information to our site.



Did you know the name "Yukon" is an Athabaskan Indian word? It comes from a Gwich'in name meaning "great river." The Gwich'in were not the only native people to live in this region, however.

The original inhabitants of the area that is now Yukon included:

The Chipewyan (Dene)
The Gwich'in
The Han
The Kaska
The Slavey
The Tagish
The Tanana
The Tlingit
The Tutchone

Federally recognized First Nations in Yukon today include:

Carcross/Tagish First Nation
PO Box 130
Carcross, Yukon Y0B 1B0

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (Tutchone)
PO Box 5309
Haines Junction, Yukon, Y0B 1L0
http://www.cafn.ca/

Kaska Tribal Council
PO Box 530
Watson Lake, Yukon, Y0A 1C0

Kluane First Nation (Tutchone and Tlingit)
PO Box 20
Burwash Landing, Yukon Y0B 1V0
http://www.kfn.ca/

Kwanlin Dun First Nation (Tagish)
35 McIntyre Rd
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5S2

Liard First Nation (Kaska)
Box 328
Watson Lake, Yukon Y0A 1C0

Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation (Tutchone)
PO Box 135
Carmacks, Yukon Y0B 1C0

First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun (Tutchone)
PO Box 220
Mayo, Yukon M0B 1M0

Ross River Dena First Nation (Kaska and Slavey)
PO Box 40
Pelly Crossing, Yukon Y0B 1P0

Selkirk First Nation (Tutchone)
PO Box 40
Pelly Crossing, Yukon Y0B 1P0

Ta'an Kwach'an First Nation (Tutchone)
PO Box 32081
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5P9

Teslin Tlingit Council
PO Box 133
Teslin, Yukon Y0A 1B0

Tr'ondk Hwch'in First Nation (Han)
Box 599
Dawson City, Yukon Y0B 1G0

Vuntut Gwitch'in First Nation
Box 94
Old Crow, Yukon Territory Y0B 1N0

White River First Nation (Tanana)
General Delivery
Beaver Creek, Yukon Y0B 1A0

Recommended books about Yukon Native Americans:

Raising Ourselves: A Gwich' in Coming of Age Story from the Yukon River: Poignant autobiography of a Gwich'in woman.
Story of Crow: A First Nation Elder Recounts the Creation of the World: Book of Tutchone legends and spirituality.
Northern Passage: An interesting book about a white student's experiences living among the Northern Dene Indians.
*The Plains Cree: Ethnography of the Cree Indians of Yukon and Alberta.

Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Yukon province:

Council of Yukon First Nations: Central political organization for the Yukon Indian tribes.
History of Yukon First Nations People: History and culture of the fourteen First Nations of the Yukon.
Yukon Indians and the Klondike Gold Rush: History of the devastating effects of the gold rush on the native people of the Yukon.



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